30 Million Words

Est. 2017

Mission

To increase the number of words heard by low-income children. This is accomplished through fun, celebratory events that provide one-on-one mentoring and increased access to culturally relevant books.

30 Million Words Library of Books

Why

  • By age 4, kindergarten children of affluence hear 45 million words while children of poverty hear only 13 million words, a 32-million word socio-economic gap. (“Meaningful Differences” by Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley)
  • A study in differences in access to books showed that kids in lowest-income homes have on average 0.4 books/home while kids in middle income families have on average 199 books/home; the presence of books in the home has a greater influence on a child’s level of education than does the parents income, nationality, or level of education. (“Family Scholarly Culture and Educational Success: Books and Schooling in 27 Nations”)
  • Numerous studies show that just one very positive experience related to reading has potential to create a life-long impact on a child’s perception about and interest in reading. (Jim Trelease)